SHTF: High probability low impact vs Low probability high impact

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What are you preparing for and how do you prioritize accordingly?  There are some very real threats out but all of us are limited on time and resources.  Even the independently wealthy prepper with all the time and money in the world could not prepare for and mitigate risk for every potential disaster which exists in the world today.  With that in mind there must be a calculated balance, prepping for threats in a common sense way which does not over extend our resources or take up too much time (read: getting bogged down).

I see this two ways: High Probability / Low Impact vs Low Probability / High Impact.  Where you are in the world and you current state of readiness determines how you break the threats out and prepare for them.  A few examples follow.

High Probability / Low Impact

  • Bugout necessary because: forest fire, flooding, train wrecks and spills chemicals etc.
  • Storm causes power outage for a few days or even a couple weeks
  • Job loss
  • Stuck on the side of the highway broken down in winter storm
  • Droughts cause water shortages

Low Probability / High Impact

  • Supervolcano in Yellowstone erupts
  • Total financial collapse globally
  • Asteroid strike on earth
  • WW3 with nukes
  • EMP Strike destroys the grid

From the list above (and there are many more) you can see that “impact” to us is relative, you might think a job loss is tough but indeed it is relatively low impact compared to the Supervolcano erupting (especially if you are in the fallout zone).

I’m sure at some point most of us used to watch the OPSEC fail show Doomsday Preppers, where people would state which disaster they were preparing for.  Countless time and efforts were being poured into prepping for that one thing but what if that one thing never came to fruition?  What if all that time and money toward an underground bunker could have been redirected toward something(s) which would have a better impact to mitigate more plausible scenarios?  Granted there is some definite crossover with respect to preps but all of those hand crafted Faraday cages probably won’t come in handy as supplemental income if a job loss happens.

There are no guarantees with respect to preparedness.  You could be that guy with seemingly everything going right: community, preps, land, crops, animals, et al and that flood / fire comes through and wipes it all out.  With that in mind I think it is important to strive for excellence but also have the mental agility to be flexible, to adjust and prioritize as necessary in order to remain effective.  All of the items I listed above could happen so I’m not discounting any of them, yet as stated time and resources are limited so use them wisely.  Make your own high prob / low impact vs low prob / high impact list and plan accordingly.

 

“Micro-Homestead” This Modest Survival Shelter Could Save Your Life When It’s Time to Bug Out

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By Mac Slavo – SHTFplan.com

It certainly isn’t much, but when you have nothing else, it could be all you need.

In many emergencies, bugging out may not be the best option. Certainly it is not the best choice for every SHTF situation.

However, there may be situations where you need to leave your home or dwelling, get out of the city while you can, and lay low until/if sense ever returns to society.

You Tuber Kevin Coy shows you what may be the lowest cost, least effort way to build a viable survival shelter – which could also have uses for hunting, camping, play, etc.

He’s calling it a “micro-homestead.”

For the millions of Americans who can barely make it to the next paycheck, much less invest in high priced gear, supplies and stocks, it may be much better than nothing at all.

Here’s the set-up he came up with:

Of course, there are many other options, especially for those who have the means to purchase, build and develop more ideal structures and set-ups.

However, at 8×8, this building could likely be built without permit or on-grid approval in most areas, and could at least serve as a temporary structure until your dream getaway is ready to go!

Prepping requires time, energy, mental and physical effort and especially the mindset to plan ahead, make sacrifices in the “now” and put valuable resources towards insurance for the future. Many will contemplate taking action, but fewer still will actually be ready when the SHTF.

But the first step in this direction may prove to be the most important one you ever make…

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The Road Less Traveled!

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The Road Less Traveled! Host: Noreen “The Homestead Honey Hour” Some of you may know the popular poem of the same name, penned by American Icon Robert Frost. It is a beautiful piece of prose that always makes me think. It really is a fine prescription for how to live your life. On this episode … Continue reading The Road Less Traveled!

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How to Remove Rusted Nuts and Bolts

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How to Remove Rusted Nuts and Bolts You may just thank us one day for sharing this little secret, If SHTF and you need to remove rusted nuts or bolts, remember this! This is an old secret that a lot of us don’t know or forget! There are hundreds and hundreds of lotions and potions …

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Can You Make Me a Student Survival Kit?

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Can You Make Me a Student Survival Kit? We got a reader question asking us if we could make a low-budget student survival kit. If you yourself are a student or know one and would like to give him or her a survival kit that would be excellent for wilderness survival but that doesn’t break …

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Life-Saving Skills All Preppers Should Have

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By The Survival Place Blog

As you can imagine, there are a lot of people in the prepper community who think they’re better prepared than they really are. They assume that because they have a getaway vehicle, bugout safe house, and an arsenal of different survival tools, that they’ll be safe if and when a disaster began tearing at the fabric of civilization. This isn’t necessarily true! The tools for survival are only as good as the person wielding them, so here are some essential skills every prepper must learn.

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Water Purification

You’ve probably heard before that we can go three weeks without food, but a mere three days without water. Water is by far the most important thing you’ll need in a survival situation, so learning how to purify dirty water sources is essential to your skills as a prepper. There are three main techniques you can use to purify water. Boiling it for at least five minutes is probably the most accessible, provided you can start a fire and source an appropriate receptacle. Where you don’t have a heat source, chemical purifiers such as chlorine, iodine and potassium permanganate can be used, provided they’re in small enough doses not to be toxic! Store-bought charcoal and ceramic filters can also be handy for purifying water. Get familiar with all three of these techniques; your life could depend on it!

Fire Making Without a Lighter or Matches

After water, heat is among the most essential things you need for survival when civilization breaks apart. This will allow you to boil water and therefore purify it, cook food, ward off wild animals, and protect yourself from the cold. Fire is one of the first technologies that our earliest ancestors are thought to have harnessed, and there’s good reason for this! While you should certainly try to have a decent stock of matches and lighters in preparation for a worldwide disaster, these things are going to run out eventually, and after that you’re going to have to rely on your own means. Make sure you learn a few techniques for starting a fire, such as using a fire bow or flint and steel.

Whittling and Wood Working

One of the major things that’s going to make it hard for most people to adapt to life post-disaster is not having easy access to all the materials and commodities which we take for granted in our day to day lives. Without oil rigs, steel mills and so on, preppers need to learn a bit about manipulating the one material they’ll always be able to get a hold of: wood. You may have hated it in school, but get a few woodworking tools and start learning the basic principles of making some of the wooden structures and tools that you may need. Here’s a useful reference that will get you started. Of course, you’re going to have limited access to electricity when the grid goes down. However, learning woodworking can be exceedingly helpful even when you only have hand tools.

Learn these three skills, and you’ll be in a much better position when disaster strikes!

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How to Find Civilization When You Have No Idea Where You Are

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How to Find Civilization When You Have No Idea Where You Are Let’s set the stage: you’re lost in the wilderness. You strayed off-road because your car broke down and you were in desperate need of some water. Now that you have the water (you managed to luck out and find a stream after walking …

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When The Day Comes, You Best Know How To Get Your Own Food

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We’ve been talking about how frequent unrest is becoming nowadays. The silent majority has spoken and maybe those above don’t like it all that much. We don’t know when it’ll happen, but we’re edging closer to collapse. If that happens, then you need to be prepared. Not only to fend for yourself but to feed yourself. Here, we’ll look at some of the essentials you’re going to need to sustain yourself when all the stores are shut.

Access drinking water

The very first thing you need to do is learn how to get your drinking water when the pipes go off. We can’t survive very long without water. There are a few steps to it. In the short term, build up your stock of water purifying tablets. Bear in the mind that you need a water filter system before you use these tablets. They can’t get rid of large impurities. But you need to prepare for when your stock of those run out, too. Do that by learning how to build a well on your very own property.

Getting your catch

Hunting and fishing are going to become some of the most valuable skills to have when the time comes. Don’t treat it as a hobby, treat it as practice. Take lessons if you have to. Make sure you know your equipment and stock up on things like the best trolling motor battery. The tools that make hunting and fishing easier might seem like a convenience now. But when fishing becomes your primary source of food, you better believe they’ll be some of the most valuable tools in your arsenal.

Identifying safe foraging food

Back in the day, before life got comfortable, foraging was how we spent our time. We found the food most convenient for us and we learned which ones we could eat. Practicing that skill now is going to help you in the near future, too. It’s not enough to learn as you go. If you want to survive, do your studying on which foods are safe to forage now. Learn and practice while you still have access to the internet and books on the matter. Above all else, don’t try to eat any foods unless you’re 100% sure that they’re safe.

Storing food the manual way

A smart hunter-gatherer doesn’t just find food, of course. They also know how to keep as much of it in surplus as they can. If you prove good at your skills, then you might have extra that you don’t want to spoil. So you have to start learning the skills of preparing long lasting foods now. From turning those berries into jams to learning how to dehydrate and keep long-lasting chicken. Food storage is what separated the ruling class from the ruled back when civilization started. If you’re living from hand-to-mouth, it makes you an easier target.

Learning these tips isn’t just good for dealing with a potential collapse. It makes you a survivor in any environment. There are few things as rewarding as being able to provide for yourself.

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Why The World Needs Survivalists

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Although survivalists are usually portrayed as paranoid conspiracy theorists by the main stream media, during a major disaster they are heroes. Take a look at this poster. The U.S. Department of Agriculture printed and distributed it during the Great Depression. At that time, the country was suffering terribly and soup kitchens were stretched to the […]

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Everything You Need to do to Survive in the Wilderness

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When it comes to survival in the wilderness, this is not something that should be taken for granted. Nature can be very harsh and unforgiving, and you have to be prepared. So many people try to take on the wilderness without making sure they’re fully prepared. And this is often a recipe for disaster. Don’t let yourself fall into this trap, and make sure you do everything you can to help your survival chances.

Imagine you’re preparing for a time when the world regresses, and we are forced back into nature. This is when all of your preparation and training is going to come in handy. Here is everything you need to do to survive in the wilderness when the time arrives.

Get Basic Training

The first thing you should do as soon as you can is to get basic survival training. This could be a few weeks of simple training on how to make a fire, learning Morse code, and hunting strategies. Getting some basic training is essential for helping you learn the ropes and develop new survival skills. Without this training, you’re basically going in blind to any survival situation.

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Stock Up

You also have to make sure you have stocked up on all the relevant things. There is a lot of stuff you’re going to need for your survival experience. Things like weapons, a tent, fishing apparatus, etc. So, you should check out Chandler Rod and Gun Club and see the sorts of things they talk about. It is absolutely essential that you stock up and have the right supplies to help with your survival.

 

Watch Bear Grylls!

If you want to pick up further tips and ideas, you need to tune in and watch Bear Grylls. The survival expert often provides a lot of useful tips and suggestions on his programs. Use these as your bible and learn from them. You may even think about keeping a journal of all the things Bear suggests so that when the time comes you’re ready to use them.

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Build a Home

When you’re out there trying to survive in the wilds, you need a base. You have to have some sort of home or base of operations. And that means you need to get to work building somewhere. So, try to do this as soon as you can to make things easier for you. Find the ideal location and build yourself a fort or a hut you can live out of.

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Expect the Unexpected

The main thing you need to remember when trying to survive in the wild is to expect the unexpected. Remember, nature can be unpredictable, and a lot of things might happen you haven’t prepared for. Try to pre-empt this by expecting and preparing as much as you can for unforeseen events. Have an emergency plan in place if the time comes.

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As you can see, there is a lot to think about when it comes to survival in the wilderness. Only a few people are actually cut out for this kind of thing. By making use of these ideas and suggestions, you can be sure you will have a great chance of survival.

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5 Assumptions People Make in a Doomsday Scenario

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5 Worst Assumptions People Make in a Doomsday Scenario

Is it going to be some kind of nuclear holocaust? Are zombies going to start rising from the dead? Will there be a mass infection that wipes out the bulk of our species, or a spiritual rapture that leaves only a handful of us on the Earth?

These scenarios don’t seem especially likely, and they seem even less likely when you consider the sheer number of times people have predicted the end of the world that turned out to be false. Still, the curious and most prepared among us always keep the prospect of a “doomsday” in the backs of our minds, considering how we’d survive in a post-apocalyptic society. Some of us even have shelters or supplies stashed away, just in case—but there’s a problem with these doomsday preparations. They’re almost always based on a number of false assumptions.

The Dangers of False Assumptions

All forms of preparation rely on some assumptions; this is unavoidable. However, when most people picture a “doomsday,” they approach it with a set of preconceived notions that they’ve gathered from books, movies, or ideal projections of what the apocalypse might be like. If these assumptions are incorrect, you could end up preparing wrong, reducing your chances of survival and making all your efforts worthless.

The Worst Assumptions You Can Make

These are some of the worst—yet most common—mistakes you can make about the ambiguous coming “doomsday:”

  1. Some forms of technology will still work. We’ve come a long way in terms of being able to protect our data and protect our devices against natural elements and disasters. But on a big enough scale, it’s unlikely that any of our technologies will survive a massively destructive event. That means all forms of Internet and electricity will become unusable, and even portable, analog devices like radios might be useless. Does that mean you shouldn’t include a radio in your emergency stash? No—it might still come in handy. But you shouldn’t plan for it to work, just like you shouldn’t plan for cars, phones, or any other form of technology to work. Count on absolutely nothing surviving, and you’ll be prepared no matter what.
  2. You’re more likely to survive than someone else. This is an assumption most of us live with, and we can’t really help it. Imagine you’ve just learned that a new illness is going to wipe out 95 percent of the U.S. population—you’ll imagine yourself as part of the 5 percent who survive, even though this makes little logical sense. You can’t really plan on dying, though you do owe it to yourself to be more realistic about the scenario. Even if you survive the initial effects, the aftereffects (think: secondary infections, nuclear fallout, etc.) could catch up to you.
  3. Your supplies will be safe. When most of us prepare for a doomsday scenario, we focus on physical goods, sometimes going overboard with the amount of supplies we store. All of this is usually based on an assumption that we’ll be able to keep these supplies safe and available for our own use. In reality, having this many supplies is probably going to make you a target rather than providing a cushion for your lifestyle. In reality, it may be wiser to only store what you absolutely need for survival.
  4. Supplies matter more than skills. This assumption also involves our tendency to horde supplies; people generally assume that as long as they have the right materials, they’ll be able to survive. And it’s true that additional food and water can keep you alive for longer, but it’s more important in a post-apocalyptic scenario to have the skills and abilities necessary to support your own continued survival. It’s the “teach a man to fish” moral, but applied to post-doomsday survivalism. Instead of spending more money on supplies, spend money on survival training and experiences that will keep you alive.
  5. Short-term survival is what really matters. Most people end up planning for a few weeks of survival after a doomsday event. Some go nuts and plan for a few months. But the truth is, your body will probably be able to survive for a few weeks on its own, without much need for additional resources. If you really want to survive after a doomsday event, you need to think in longer terms. How are you going to survive in a year? In five years? In ten?

Predicting the Unpredictable

Even though this article has been centered on false assumption, it’s probably making some false assumption of its own. Why? Because by its very nature, a doomsday scenario is unpredictable. It may never come. It may come tomorrow. And if it does come, it could take any one of an infinite number of forms. It’s impossible to prepare for everything, so the best you can do is prepare for the greatest number of possible events, and prepare yourself—mentally and physically—for the most demanding situations you can.

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How To ‘Talk Prepping,’ Rationally, With Family And Friends

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Sometimes as prepared folks, we forget that most people do not “prep.” In fact, most people have a very backward view of prepping and survivalism in general.

While we see non-preppers as naive, non-preppers see us as crazy militia members hunkering down in the woods or stocking MREs in bunkers. This negative view is pushed by the media, the Internet, and even by politicians.

In reality, though, prepping is simply an extension of becoming self-reliant.

But should you even care if your neighbor, friend or family member thinks you are crazy? I say you should, for several reasons:

  • Security — a group survives easier than a person.
  • Diversity – a group of people will have a diverse range of skills, not to mention more food and survival items.
  • Prevention – desperate neighbors who know you prep can become desperate enemies when their bellies are empty.

How do you convince your family, friends and neighbors to become more self-reliant, even a survivalist or prepper? Well, first off, it’s not easy. Recognize right away that some people will just refuse to be turned, for numerous reasons. The biggest reason is that some people don’t want their bubble popped – and refuse to believe the government won’t always be there to protect them. Other people, though, will be more open.

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How do you bring it up? For starters, I’d choose someone I could trust, and not someone who would run their mouth. Consider this talk an investment in the people around you.

Do not come at them full force, with some sort of presentation about how the government is going to collapse any day now, or how an EMP is going to wipe out our infrastructure — or anything else that can be misconstrued easily. I’m not knocking anyone’s beliefs, or saying anyone is wrong; however, without having a frame of reference, and a working knowledge of the relationship that is built over time, you may come off as unhinged.

Do not treat this like someone going door to door to sell you something. Knowing when to bring it up and how to bring it up is important. So far, my favorite times have been during episodes of the Walking Dead, or survival shows on Discovery and Nat Geo.

These programs can prompt mild and interesting discussions about tactics, supplies, weaponry, shelter, etc. These conversation also can quickly became light-hearted debates about prepping in general. It’s here that you can interject experience, and knowledge. Don’t come at them with “both barrels,” though.

Discussions On The Gun Range  

Another way to spark the discussion is to take someone shooting. I’ve taken many people shooting, and with the right weapons and guidance it’s always fun. Shoot zombie targets, use cowboy guns, show your local Call of Duty fans an AR-15 or an AK-47. The firearms world was my entry into survival. Getting someone interested in owning a gun is often the first step into being self-reliant. All journeys start with a single step, and this is no different.

When I met my wife, she had never fired a weapon in her life. A few years later, she has an EDC (everyday carry) license and can spit the acronyms as well as I do. She’s into survival and prepping to a degree; you won’t find her in heated discussions on forums, but she supports the idea, and agrees we never have enough ammo. I’ve long considered guns to be the icebreaker of the survival world.

Defeating Common Arguments

I’ve defended my prepping nature many times in my life, often against naysayers who at first thought I was a bit nuts. I’ve learned to cite examples, and of course, not appear crazy. I treat it the same way I treat mature discussions about politics with people with whom I disagree – carefully toeing a line between making a point and yelling back and forth. I explain I’m not prepping for a nuclear war with Russia, but for real scenarios. One of my favorite lines that often appeals to those who believe in the government safety net is this: “Even the government advises to keep three day worth of food and water.”

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I can show them the ready.gov/build-a-kit page. This is essentially a very simple, and very easy to follow how-to on building a bug-out bag. They call it a disaster supplies kit, but the idea is roughly the same. Another favorite discussion starter is Hurricane Katrina. Point out how long it took for the government to get water and food to survivors.

Never come on too strong regarding what someone should do. It’s often better to answer questions and then offer advice for the new prepper.

I explain that my preps will more likely than not be used in a natural disaster – and, for me, that’s probably hurricanes since I live in Florida. This, of course, varies with the area.

Staying Sane

You’ll always have someone who wants to fight and argue about how crazy you are, and how prepping itself is crazy. The best way to prevent it is to stop the argument and do not validate them. Just drop it, and walk away.

Stay calm and prep on!

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3 Things You Need To Survive In The Wilderness

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Nobody wants to think that it might happen to them. But the truth is, no-one knows what the future holds. Ten or twenty years down the line, any of us could find ourselves out in the jungle in the middle of nowhere. When it comes time to fend for yourself, do you have what it takes? Maybe you have started to realise, recently, that you could benefit from learning some basic survival skills. Or you might just want to have a bit of fun with it while spending some time outdoors. Whatever your reason for coming to this is, be sure that we’ve got you covered. Here, we’re going to look at some of the essential things you need if you are to survive in the wilderness for any decent length of time. Let’s dive right in.

The Right Training

As with everything in life, preparation is the key. If you are not prepared for what life throws at you, then there is every chance you just won’t make it. That’s why it is a solid idea to get some decent training in as early as possible. Not only that, but make sure you get as much of it as possible as well. The more training you have had, the higher your chance of survival. But what kind of training should you go for? Well, there are lots of different options for you on that front. If you go for an all-out assault course, you can’t go wrong. You’ll be sure to learn many valuable survival skills that way. The main thing is to learn as many different skills from as many different traditions as possible.

The Right Weapon

This can be a difficult one to decide upon – there’s just so much choice out there. The fact is, if it came to a survival situation, you wouldn’t beat about the bush. You’d want something which had real power behind it. Otherwise, what’s the point? That’s why one of your best options for any survival situation is an air rifle. Air rifles offer you the perfect combination of power and subtlety. There’s a reason they have always been so popular. The only question now is: which is the best air rifle? That is something which is definitely up for debate, but you can’t go wrong with a .177 Caliber.

The Right Experience

Knowing what to do in a survival situation is not just about the training you’ve received or the weapon you’re holding. It’s also a lot to do with your life experience. This is a world apart from the idea of specific survival training. Training is useful, obviously, for if the situation occurs. But when it comes down to it, the people who do well and survive are those who have a host of other life skills at their disposal too. That’s why it is a really good idea to get as much life experience as you can. One of the best ways to do this is to travel extensively. As they say, travel broadens the mind – it’s true. And the broader your mind, the greater your understanding of what the right thing is to do in any given situation. That’s why the best preparation for a survival situation is to get out and make the most of life now.

 

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2016 Predictions

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted but thought to come back strong with some 2016 predictions.  Let me know what you think!

1- There will be no economic collapse.  The stock market will not crash, at least not in 2016.

2- Hillary will be president.  Read that again.  Hillary will be president and there is absolutely nothing you can do about it.  She has been anointed by TPTB and quite frankly I believe that none of our votes matter, the whole thing is an exercise in futility (read: sham, rigged, smoke and mirrors).  She will advance the agenda, not of the people but of those who are truly in charge.  I should note it is my personal belief that all of the other candidates are assholes and would do no better.  If I am wrong and Trump / Cruz et al gets “elected” we are equally as screwed.  Trump is an elitist D bag of the highest order and if you think he gives a damn about you…

3- Gun Control will move forward slightly and then gain even more traction.  The current President will do what he can with Exec action which probably won’t amount to much, but after bullet point # 2 happens….

4- A run on all things guns and ammo, believe it.  If you don’t have it stock up now, you have been warned.  Once she is elected guns and ammo will fly off the shelves like nothing any of us have ever seen before.

5- Terror attacks.  I hate to say it and I don’t want to believe it but the reality is we as a nation are vulnerable.  Look for more terror attacks by assholes screaming about their god in 2016.

6- People like you and I will take the above into consideration but continue to prep wisely and in moderation.

Any thought to add, leave them in the comment section below.

 

15 Reasons to Prep Even if Doomsday Never Arrives

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15 Reasons to Prep Even if Doomsday Never Arrives One reason many people hesitate to start prepping is the fear that it will all be for nothing. What if they spend hundreds of hours practicing survival skills and thousands of dollars on survival supplies, and nothing happens? Would that mean it was all a huge …

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Sanitation Post SHTF – Keep Clean When It Counts

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Hurricane season is quickly approaching here on the East Coast.  Unfortunately, for many East Coasters, these storms are common weather phenomenons that impact the lives of millions each year. Depending on where you live, some of the destruction caused by them may result in local flooding.  The impacts of such an event can be widespread, and one of the major consequences of flooding can be poor sanitation.

Natural Disaster Preparedness

Let’s spend a few minutes talking about natural disaster preparedness before we get neck deep in SHTF sanitation.

Ideally, in a situation like a hurricane, you have the basics on hand.  That would be water, food and communication.  Water and food are obvious for survival situations.  Communication can be a tricky one.  The idea is to know what’s going on around you.  It may mean having something as simple as a pocket radio to something more complex like a HAM radio.

Cleanliness Is Key

Beyond the food, clean drinking water and communication, you should also be ready to keep yourself clean and sanitary.

It’s important, especially if you have children or elderly people, to make sure that you don’t create or spread disease around your living area.

There are three key items you’ll want to clean regularly and consider:

  1. Yourself and other people in your group.
  2. Your eating utensils and dishes.
  3. Your living quarters and sewage.

Keeping these three categories clean and sanitary will be key to long-term survival and well-being.

Post SHTF Sanitation Supplies

You should already have soap and basic cleaning supplies in the stockpile of supplies you have, but do you have enough?

Keep some soap around so that you post SHTF sanitation will be up to par!I could make a claim about how much soap to store, but the best way to track that is through tracking your own usage. For me and my family, a single bar of soap per person should last a month or more when you consider using the soap with conservation in mind. Check on how much soap you use on a normal basis, and then assume that you can use a considerable amount less if you have to.

A good all-around soap can work wonders in a variety of applications, and there’s no reason you can’t use one type of soap to wash all the essentials. Just be careful about the scent since your probably don’t want to clean your dishes with soap that has a musty scent.

By adding some extra water, along with plenty of soap and vinegar to your stock of supplies, you will be able to have a safe and sanitary area.

Washing Yourself

While the accepted rule of thumb is to keep one gallon of water per person per day in storage, this does not include enough water for real sanitation.

It is plenty for cooking, eating, and drinking, but not for washing.

keeping yourself clean is of the utmost importance if you are in a hotter climate or are engaged in a lot of physical activities. Depending on your living conditions and level of activity, you may want to wash yourself every day.  However, it is possible only to wash every other day.  That is a call you can make yourself.

Despite the necessity of keeping clean, this is one of the areas when you can save some water.  By wetting a washrag and then lathering it up instead of taking a shower or bath you can cut down on the water needed drastically.

Washing the three essential areas is not only a key to sanitation, but also to a healthy existence.  The three essentials are the genitals, rear end and face.  This probably goes without saying, but make sure you have separate washrags for your face.

Washing is even more important if you have a group with you. Be sure to have children keep themselves clean and check the elderly regularly as well.  If anyone is incapacitated, move them when possible to prevent bed sores and ensure that they get the washing and attention needed to keep them as healthy and clean as possible.

Utensils and Dishes

While it may make a lot of sense to use disposable or burnable dishes and utensils, some things you are just going to have to wash. Chances are you’ll have a few pots and pans and other such things around if you’re hunkered down and able to stay put for a while.

A good way to cut down on the amount of dishes you need to wash is to cook in cast iron.  Cast iron pans will last virtually forever and require almost no water to wash and sanitize.

However, if your pot and pan selections do require cleaning, there are a couple of ways to keep them clean without using too much water.  Add dish soap to a spray bottle of water and you can limit the amount of soap and water needed.  The spray action of the bottle will provide the suds and water needed to wash the pans.

You can make you supplies of soap and water last a lot longer by only spritzing the pans a few times to get them moist and allow the soap to do its thing.

Another great, inexpensive option is to keep a jug of bleach around. You can keep a spray bottle of diluted bleach around for sanitizing surfaces. Be sure to mix to the right strength since the concentration of the bleach can vary by brand.

Living Quarters

There’s more to being sanitary than just washing your dishes and keeping yourself clean.  You can’t live in filth and still consider yourself clean, no matter how much you wash.

Besides the normal dirtiness of living in a post SHTF world, you are responsible for cleaning your filth as well.  Keeping your living quarters clean is a necessary step for any long-term survival. Try to keep your food crumbs picked up so they don’t attract pests. Many illnesses can be traced back to rodents and other pests getting into the food or living area.

Another thing to consider is dealing with sewage…

No innovation in the past 200 years has done more to save lives and improve health than the sanitation revolution triggered by invention of the toilet.
Sylvia Mathews Burwell

One of the best ways to keep sanitary is to use existing plumbing (i.e. the toilet) or an outhouse.  Don’t forget that you can use nonpotable water for manually flushing the toilet.

If the grid is down or you have limited access to sanitary facilities, then your best option may be an outhouse.

If you end up using an outhouse, there are a few considerations to keep in mind.

  1. An outhouse may be a necessity during post SHTF to keep sanitation standards up to snuff.Location: An outhouse needs to be at least one hundred and fifty feet away from any source of drinking water.
  2. Hole Depth: Studies have found that users of outhouses are more likely to get tapeworms.  This is because most outhouses are not dug deep enough.  A tapeworm can move through the soil almost five feet, so a shallow outhouse will allow the worms and possibly other pests to reach the surface and will raise the chances of exposure.
  3. Toilet Paper: Depending on the scenarios that you are planning for makes a pretty big difference in the amount of toilet paper that you will need to keep in stock. We usually keep a healthy amount of toilet paper around anyway since we buy in bulk from Costco.

Summary of SHTF Sanitation

Keeping yourself and your group clean and healthy must be one your top priorities.  What’s the point of surviving a disaster only to be struck down by a preventable disease?  By adding plenty of soap and some extra water to your stockpile you can be clean and healthy.

If you think about the following, then you and your family will be in good shape:

  1. Store a little extra water, soap, and some wash rags.
  2. Have a plan for cleaning your plates, utensils, or other kitchen implements.
  3. Store some toilet paper.

Post-SHTF Sanitation

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Threats to Survival – Part One – Darkness – Friend or Foe?

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Many times the greatest threat to our survival is influenced by irrational fears. While there is some basis to our fears, it is our understanding of those fears which will strongly affect the outcome of our survival. Learning to cope with these fears requires a basic knowledge of why we have developed an irrational response to threats to our survival.

Many of us have a basic fear of the darkness. This is due to a variety of factors from our own life experiences. Tales of the boogeyman when we were young made us fearful of the dark but had little or no foundation in the truth. It was simply a way parents controlled unruly children but their actions also instilled a healthy respect for the dangers that can be encountered in the dark. Many dangers of the dark are real but many of the dangers are ones of our own making.

Simply put, darkness is the absence of light. Thus the ability to conquer any fear begins with a thorough understanding of that fear. This is important in order to develop ways to conquer the darkness that will alleviate our fears. One of our most severe shortcomings is our inability to see in the darkness. Our night vision is extremely poor and pales in comparison to other creatures present in our world. This creates problems when it becomes necessary for us to move about or perform tasks in the darkness. Even the simple task of moving from one place to another can create a dangerous situation. We risk injury from falling or tripping over an object even in the safe confines of our home if we move about in the dark unaided.

The darkness comprises nearly half of our existence and it is necessary to deal with this fact. One of the means to conquer a fear of the dark is to combat it with its opposite. Light can banish the darkness and reduce our fears. A flashlight, a simple candle or a roaring campfire can and will help to reduce your fear of the dark. You have given yourself the means and ability to see things more clearly. Those dangers which lurk in the dark have now been brought into the light and your safety and well-being is increased.

The darkness can hide many things. This is the reason a majority of predators; including the two-legged variety, use the darkness to disguise their movements. The darkness can also be your friend because it can hide your presence or activities if necessary. The important thing is to use the qualities of darkness to your advantage to increase your chances of survival.

The darkness is both friend and foe. While we are basically creatures more accustomed to sunlight, it is your actions and a rational response to the darkness that will ultimately determine the outcome of your survival. Understanding our physical limitations caused by darkness and using relevant actions to overcome them will prevent the darkness from becoming your enemy.

Got dark?

Staying above the water line!

Riverwalker

Preppers are going to die

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